New Op-ed on DC Handgun Ban

D.C.’s brief makes a number of other claims:

The ban comes "nowhere close to disarmament of residents. The District's overwhelming interest in reducing death and injury caused by handguns outweighs respondent's asserted need . . . ." The obvious key here is that DC says people can use rifles and shotguns for self-defense. D.C. also adds that they don't believe that the regulations that lock up and require the disassembling of guns does not "prevent the use of a lawful firearm in self-defense."

But locked guns are simply not as readily accessible for defensive gun uses. In the U.S., states that require guns be locked up and unloaded face a 5 percent increase in murder and a 12 percent increase in rapes. Criminals are more likely to attack people in their homes and those attacks are more likely to be successful.

Since potentially armed victims deter criminals, storing a gun locked and unloaded actually encourages increased crime.

— "All too often, handguns in the heat of anger turn domestic violence into murder."

To put it bluntly, criminals are not your typical citizens.

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Anonymous Carol said...

You should add comments about the LOW crime rate in Kennesaw, GA where they have an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun.

9/14/2007 1:54 PM  
Anonymous cbar10@hotmail.com said...

"nowhere close to disarmament of residents"

So when the D.C. police, themselves armed with handguns, take your handgun away, arrest you, lock you up in jail, and charge you with a crime, remember: you are nowhere close to having been disarmed. They won't give you your gun back, but you have not been disarmed. You've been something else. We're not sure what, but not disarmed. And we're not in denial about that either. Nooooooo! No denial in D.C.! Nooooooo! And we haven't taken away your Second Amendment rights either! Noooooo!

9/15/2007 8:17 PM  

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